On Teaching Creative Writing

“The problem of the writer is not to produce writing; there is plenty of it. It is – and this is the heart of my message – in one sense to suppress writing, to defeat facile expression, to control the verbal abundance most of us generate, to be, fundamentally, a critic. It is to become not a writer but a re-writer, sifting, challenging, revising and questioning one’s own expression until what is produced becomes inescapable, the thing that, in all authenticity, it is necessary for this writer to write.”
Malcolm Bradbury

Source: https://literaryreview.co.uk/should-we-teach-creative-writing

Enjoyed reading this essay that is all the more relevant in present times. To think that Bradbury wrote this in 1979!

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